The new princes of Wales, the marriage that brings modernity to the monarchy that may be key to its continuity

Princes George, Charlotte and Louis, accompanied by their parents, Prince William and Kate (Jonathan Brady/REUTERS) (POOL/)

The popular couple formed by Prince William, now number one in succession to the throneand his wife Kate, encloses, together with their three children George, Charlotte and Louis, the hopes of a modern monarchy close to the British people.

Their Instagram account usually tells the life of this couple with their children of 9, 7 and 4 years respectively. With her funny faces, little Louis turned heads during the Jubilee festivities in June.

Until now Dukes of Cambridge, William and Kate will now be named Prince and Princess of WalesKing Charles III announced on Friday, as well as inheriting his Duchy of Cornwall.

Over the years, they have won the hearts of the British with their image of happy family, exemplary and close to the peoplefar removed from William’s difficult childhood, when his parents Carlos and Diana They fought in front of everyone.

The “enormous interest” they arouse is “obviously” because embody the future of the monarchyconsiders royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams, but also because of “his own way” of “cope with things”.

“They master the art of controlling both what formal like what informal” in the public sphere, emphasizes Fitzwilliams.

Charles, Camilla, Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan, Prince Harry, Prince William and Kate (David Fisher/Shutterstock)
Carlos, Camila, Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan, Prince Harry, Prince William and Kate (David Fisher/Shutterstock) (David Fisher/Shutterstock/)

The couple is usually photographed arm in arm at official acts and events, such as the premiere of the latest film in the James Bond saga. Also, “Kate is a fashion icon for a long time”Fitzwilliams adds. This, he estimates, “has been very beneficial for British fashion” … but also for the couple’s image.

media dominance

This glamorous image is counterbalanced by a more relaxed facet and closer to the people, especially through the couple’s many commitments to causes dear to their hearts: mental health for William, childhood for Kate.

The couple regularly glimpse their domestic life, such as their children’s schoolwork during confinement, or their sports activities.

In July 2021, Prince George was photographed with his parents at England’s matches at the European Championship, causing some jokes for being dressed in a suit and tie despite his young age.

His mother feeds that image of normal sharing casual and intimate photos of daily life, in which George appears on the grass in a football jersey. In others you can see Charlotte distributing food packages or the smallest painting with his hands.

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The 2020 Christmas card from Prince William, Kate, and their children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, at Anmer Hall (AP) (Matt Porteous/)

This makes it possible to satisfy the press’s insatiable need for get family pictureswhile protecting her from the paparazzi who followed Diana to her death.

There has always been an agreement regarding media coverage of royal children”, although relations with the press may have been “very tense” at times, says Fitzwilliams. “When they are little, they get some privacy in exchange for photos or videos at certain times, like birthdays, Christmas, their first day of school.”

“They have done a very good job of protecting that mix of normalcy” and royal statusconsiders the expert.

Modernity necessary for continuity

According to a recent YouGov survey, Kate is the most popular member of the royal family, after the queen now deceased. Her husband arrives next, well ahead of her father, King Carlos III.

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Prince William and Kate visit Mumbles Pier (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage) (Samir Hussein/)

“I think that William and Kate are, in many ways, the reflection of the queen [Isabel] Y [su difunto esposo] Felipe”, he confided to the agency AFP journalist Robert Jobson.

In your opinion, the reign of Carlos III “will be seen as a transition to that of his son.” These new Princes of Wales “will give the monarchy, after such ancient monarchs, a sense of modernity that is probably necessary to help its continuity,” Jobson estimates.

(By Charlotte Durand-AFP)

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